Life at Theresa was not too good. Cold winds and no crayfish did not help the enthusiasm. Luckily it was a magic place where you can just kick back and enjoy the serenity and that is just what we managed to do.
A plentiful supply of some of the best fire wood that we have ever found made life better. The battery operated reciprocating saw that replaced our ever faithful Still chainsaw did us proud, supplying us with great firewood for the pig.
Saturday the 21st was a monumental day in the twenty first century calendar. Mavis’s birthday!. Needless to say I booked the best restaurant at Theresa Creek Dam for the festivities. I really lashed out with no expense spared for the evenings celebration.
Before the big night out we had booked to do some metal detecting in Claremont. This place is a major gold fossicking area and they have a mob in town that sell gold detectors and take trips into the fossicking areas.
We chose to go with a lady that lived in the caravan park for our detecting experience. Margie took us out and showed us how to use a detector and what to look for in areas that were designated for public fossicking. It was a great day and our guide Margie was great value. We will be mounting the nail and the bit of kerosene tin that we detected on a souvenir display for all to see as soon as we return to Brissie
Rod had been having thoughties about buying a detector but the Scottish in him could not think of parting with the nearly $7000 that was required. But having said that the nail was quite pretty and the bit of kerosene tin had an historic significance after all. Oh for effluent children pardon the spelling I mean affluent.
A huge outlay was parted with as a deposit on the celebration for the birthday evening. $10 per head was the sum which supplied us both with a sumptuous repast of hamburger and chips. Entertainment was supplied by Vic and his wife Karen and we both must say they were fantastic,performing great country songs for nearly three hours while we mere mortals sang along to the best of our ability around fires that were stoked by the managers of the park and those that were freezing, god it was cold!. Great night and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg how good is that! grin, Happy birthday dear. Gotta love camping.
We pulled the cray pots on Sunday (nothing in them) and on Monday packed and went into Clermont show ground to do our washing and pick up some good water in the tanks. Woh is us the washing machine decided to sh.t itself (please pardon the profanity) after several loads but the majority was luckily completed before the break down. Big decision, fix or buy new.
How do you cope with a broken washing machine. Well the decision was made to head to Lake Elfingstone to stress over the next move.
We set up camp beside the most beautiful lake that we had seen. There were toilets and hot showers that required the lighting of a donkey boiler to supply the hot water.
Birdlife in abundance and a view that you could not buy. The birds were obviously well fed as can be seen by the feeding frenzy in the pics below.
Hobie (kayak) off the roof after set up of camp and into the water, cray pots enthusiastically set with the local baits of vegetables citrus and sunlight soap and back to camp for a feet up relax.
Alas it was not to be. Two familiar figures were walking up to our camp with huge grins on their dials. Clive and Shirley two great friends had driven in to the Elfingstone camp area stopped to look for a camp site and found us. Needless to say they set up camp behind our site and we managed to have a ball for the next week.
Shirley is a great camp oven cook and is cooking at Millmerran festival with some blokes that she cooked with two years ago. She wanted to try a recipe that was required to be done by the festival cooks that she had not done before, whole chicken cooked in bread.
Mavis and I went to Glenden a short trip from the dam and managed to pick up a fresh chicken from IGA along with some fresh wine supplies (thank goodness).
Back home the plans were brewing for the Chicken in bread in the camp oven. I/Rod volunteered to make the bread while Shirley took the chicken under her wing (forgive the pun). Shirley made the stuffing and prepared the chook. When the bread dough was ready she did a great job of wrapping the freshly stuffed bird completely in the freshly made bread dough. How good did this look, you can only imagine if you were not there,it was superb! Into the camp oven but sadly the oven was too small. The decision was made to put a second identical oven inverted on top of the first to make room for the chook. Two hours later we looked at the result and deciding that another30 minutes was required.
Look at the result on the following pic, It was superb to say the least. We had baked some vegies in the camp ovens steamed some asparagus and made the gravy all was magnificent. Even the bread crust was great.
The nights with Clive and Shirley were great, a couple of excessive evenings but generally great around the camp fires (pig’s) that kept us warm ( more great wood was found).
Cray’s well what can you say. Only about a dozen small critters caught that we managed to consume on Tuesday night after marinating them and flashing them on the BBQ. Shirley was not a lover of some sea food but loved the marinated cray’s. One lot were done in sweet chilli and the other were done in garlic and soy sauce,yumo. It was another great fivesies all round although an early night was had by all.
Thursday we packed and left our beautiful friends and made out for Mackay to get the broken washing machine repaired. How good is this. We found the repair mob that we had booked into and drove the van into their parking area.
Into the office and spoke to a bloke that told us that it would be a week before they could look at the machine. Sh.t what could we do. The young fella asked what the problem was and if we were on the road. We told him the problem and yes we were travelling through and he went out the back to get a techo to have a look at the machine. Rod went out and turned on the inverter (to supply power) and the water pump to supply water,then hit the on button. Ya gotta know the blo.dy thing worked as if nothing had happened,Yahooo no dramas all is good,off to the Andergrove caravan park at Mackay for the pre booked two nights to get the washing done and re stock the larder and bar again.
Again lots of well fed birdlife here in the van park.
We leave tomorrow the 3rd of August and start the next phase of our trip.
Stay tuned for more ramblings soon.